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US NV: Column: Here Come The Drug Legalizers - Again

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Nevada Appeal, 19 Jun 2016 - I'll say this for the drug legalizers: They're persistent. Once again, for the third time in the past 10 years, the usual suspects are back in Nevada with an initiative petition to legalize "recreational" marijuana in the Silver State. We defeated them twice before on 60-40 votes and I hope we hand them another well-deserved setback in November. Led by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), and financed by people like left-wing radical George Soros, fast-talking potheads will try to convince Nevada voters recreational marijuana would be good for our state. Not satisfied with so-called "medical" marijuana, they want to push the legal drug boundaries even further.

US WA: Yakima At The Forefront Of New Hemp Growing Program

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Yakima Herald-Republic, 19 Jun 2016 - YAKIMA, Wash. - As a cousin to marijuana, hemp has long been banned despite a huge potential for use in a wide range of products, including clothing, building materials and even shampoo. But Yakima will soon be at the forefront of the state's efforts to develop a research program that could lead to a commercial hemp industry.

CN ON: Column: Trudeau's Reform Will Transform Canada

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jun 2016 - PM Rushing to Force His Vision on Country In the eight months that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled Canada, he has already left an indelible imprint upon this land. With so-called "democratic reform" he aims to make that impression even more evident.

US CA: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Would Create a

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Ventura County Star, 19 Jun 2016 - Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, who is also president of the California Police Chiefs Association, has come out swinging against marijuana legalization in order to save our citizens from the evil weed. Especially the children. But let's be real for once: Maintaining marijuana prohibition and the status quo not only doesn't protect our children, it does the opposite.

CN BC: Budding New Business Sprouts In Valley

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Alberni Valley News, 16 Jun 2016 - The Alberni Valley is home to a second licensed medical marijuana dispensary that officially opened its doors for business on June 1. Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary, located at 5069 Johnston Rd, aims to provide safe access to medical grade, laboratory tested cannabis products.

Ireland: Decriminalise All Drugs Says Junior Justice Minister

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Sunday Independent, 19 Jun 2016 - Stanton Also Wants Traveller Ethnicity Recognised A NEWLY appointed junior justice minister wants personal possession of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised as part of the Government's plan to tackle gangland crime.

US CA: Column: Pot Purveyor Gets Away With Medical Mission

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 19 Jun 2016 - Now that marijuana purveyor Dennis Franklin Hunter is released without charges in the wake of Wednesday's large-scale Sonoma County raids, his followers can get on with their quest to have him canonized. It's tough not to mist up as disciples of Hunter extol his efforts to bring the highest professional standards - "the gold standard" - to his company's production of marijuana products for the thousands of patients who rely on them.

US PA: Parents Caught In Medical Pot's Legal Crossfire

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 Jun 2016 - Prohibited From Taking Drug Across State Lines Parents hoping to treat seriously ill children with medical marijuana cheered when Pennsylvania's new law included a "safe harbor" provision allowing them to import the medicines right away, rather than waiting for the law to take full effect in two years.

CN ON: OPED: The Case For Prescription-Only Marijuana

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 17 Jun 2016 - As an epidemiologist and a parent, I am perplexed with the recent momentum toward legalizing marijuana. Of all the arguments I have heard, I have yet to hear any that are compelling enough to remove the drug from prescription status. One argument I have heard is that marijuana is harmless. This argument ignores the fact that numerous studies have reported harm in peer-reviewed academic journals. A summary of the evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, concluded, "Marijuana use has been associated with substantial adverse effects, some of which have been determined with a high level of confidence." Some of those effects were addiction to marijuana and other substances, motor vehicle accidents and chronic bronchitis.

CN BC: New Injunctions Set To Roll On Pot Shops

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Jun 2016 - Marijuana Advocates Rail Against 'Waste of Tax Dollars' Three of the 17 medical marijuana dispensaries named in injunction applications filed by the City of Vancouver last month have voluntarily closed down and more injunctions are coming by the end of the month, according to councillor Kerry Jang.

Taiwan: U.S. Defendant In Taiwan Case Kills Himself

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 18 Jun 2016 - An American man committed suicide inside a courtroom in Taiwan after being given a four-year sentence. A witness and a hospital staff member describe what happened. HONG KONG - An American man who had been convicted of growing marijuana in Taiwan killed himself in a courtroom after he was sentenced to a four-year prison term, according to court officials.

US MA: Surgeon General Visits Boston Clinic on Opioid Epidemic

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 18 Jun 2016 - US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited what some locals call "the worst intersection in Boston" on Friday as part of his effort to talk to prescribers nationwide about how they can address the country's rising opioid crisis. The Boston stop on Murthy's "Turn the Tide Rx" tour brought him to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program on Albany Street, at the heart of "Methadone Mile," so nicknamed for the cluster of homeless shelters and drug addiction programs there that draw people battling substance abuse from across the city. Accompanied by the program's top officials and state Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, Murthy toured the facility and met with patients who shared their stories of stigmatization and recovery.

US MD: MD. Women See Marijuana Opportunity

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 18 Jun 2016 - Female Entrepreneurs Aim to Lead in Medical Cannabis The burgeoning sisterhood of Maryland's marijuana entrepreneurs gathered in the back room of a Columbia chain restaurant recently, swapping business ideas over chicken wings and cheese cubes.

US NY: Pot Unites Businesspeople, Hippies at Cannabis

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 18 Jun 2016 - NEW YORK (AP) - Men and women in business suits mixed with hippies sporting blazers printed with marijuana leaf patterns Friday during the last day of the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. The three-day conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was a gathering of professionals and advocates from nearly every facet of the emerging marijuana industry. Even though restrictions on the drug remain tight in New York, the community gathered to exchange ideas and explore business opportunities.

New Zealand: Column: Study Reveals Bad News for Toking Teens

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 18 Jun 2016 - People in Over- 55 Age Group Are NZ's Most Prolific Users Cannabis is one of the most widely available illicit drugs in New Zealand - but what impact is it having on our wellbeing? Research from the 2015 New Zealand Health Survey shows that 11 per cent of people aged over 15 have used cannabis in the past 12 months, with one third of this group using it at least weekly.

US DC: Vancouver Drug Doc In Washington

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 16 Jun 2016 - Safe Injection Site Physician Testifies on Opioid Epidemic The U.S. Senate turned to Vancouver for answers to America's drug woes on Wednesday, flying in the B.C. doctor behind a prescription heroin study to testify about his pioneering treatment trial.

US DC: U.S. Senate Struggles With Injection Sites

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jun 2016 - Committee Tries to Understand Supervised Clinic Concept As Crosstown Clinic Physician Testifies to Its Efficacy Members of a U.S. Senate committee looking to confront drug abuse struggled with the concept of prescription heroin and raised concerns about supervised-injection sites increasing crime as they heard testimony on Wednesday from a B.C. doctor who helped lead one of the most radical interventions in North America.

US DC: Arlington Police Chief Addresses Senate on Opiod Crisis

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
The Arlington Advocate, 16 Jun 2016 - ARLINGTON - Arlington's chief of police wasn't in his office on Wednesday, June 15. Instead, he was in Washington D.C. Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan was testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at a hearing on alternative approaches to combating the opioid addiction crisis. He was speaking as a representative of the Police-Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI), sharing his experiences fighting heroin and other drugs in Arlington with an approach emphasizing getting opioid users into treatment.

South Africa: Questions Over SA War On Drugs

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 17 Jun 2016 - SARS has been hitting the "narcos" hard of late, with a number of large drug seizures, but no one seems to know its actual effect on South Africa's war on drugs. Since the beginning of the year the men, women and dogs of SARS have netted millions of rands worth of drugs at several ports of entry.

New Zealand: Column: Drugs Can Be Made Safer

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
Manawatu Standard, 18 Jun 2016 - The seizure of industrial quantities of methamphetamine near Ahipara this week should spark a bit of stocktaking. The drug bust will be remembered for the sheer quantity of the attempted importation and the comic incompetence of the criminals. (It's interesting the drug runners' ineptitude has been the object of more scathing comment than the importation itself.) The police appear to have been completely unaware of the audacious if bungled operation until locals twigged to something unusual going on.

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